How are Chinese masculinities represented in Hollywood films and how does it affect Chinese Americans
This paper sets out to explore the issues on how Hollywood films depicts Chinese Masculinities (Research method: content analysis on 10 Hollywood films) and how it affects Chinese Americans
(How are Chinese masculinities represented in Hollywood films and how does it affect Chinese Americans?)
A lack of realistic portrayals of Chinese American men in films can affect the way young Chinese American men/boys view themselves and how we, as a society view them.
I want the Dissertation to include this type information, and whatever you may feel is appropriate. This information is not in order it’s just the things I looked at:
• The changing portrayal of Chinese Male actors throughout the Hollywood film industry, looking at global and national events that were occurring at the time, how they affected American social attitudes, and how these attitudes were then projected onto the big screen.
• Non-sexual, non-object of desire.
• Violence, abusive toward women, predatory.
• Martial Arts, Asexual, stoic. Also, Martial Arts in Hollywood was a way to cast more Asian actors, however this also limited the roles given to males, subtracting the artistic qualities other than the skill of martial art. Pigeonholed into specific roles. (Below is research I found that may explain clearer what I mean.
During the past, few decades the demand for actors who knew martial arts was extremely high, influenced by the lasting popularity of Bruce Lee. Unfortunately, knowledge of martial arts for Asian males was not a suggestion it was a mandatory trait. It is rare, even to this day, to find an Asian male role that does not know and use martial arts in films. The result is a major shift in the roles of Asian males, although they may be getting more prominent roles in films, they are being pigeonholed into a specific type of role; martial arts entertainers such as Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fat, Sammo Hung or Jet Li. Indeed, it would be extremely difficult for an Asian male actor to break free of these social expectations and explore his artistic potential, – I found this on Yellow Peril, Robert Panguao.
• Asian Roles are limited to cliché occupations and limited roles for actors.
A lack of realistic portrayals of Asian American men in films can affect the way young men/boys view themselves and how we, as a society view them.
Research Method :A Content Analysis Table that looks at 10 Hollywood Films that depicts Chinese Masculinities. The table may include (Not in order): Violence, asexuality, Martial Art skill, Evil/Villain, emasculation, Nerdy/Geek, Intelligent Businessmen, Food clerk/grocery clerk, inarticulate.
Movie title, Actor, year released, producer, director, distributor.
My Assignement Brief doesn’t say Dissertation but I know its an Industry Research Project, in the same format: Identification of Issue, Literature Review, Methodoligical Approach (Content Analysis), Discussion, Conclusion, References/Bibliography.